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Primacy, Papal
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I. Definition

The expression papal primacy denotes the juridical supremacy in the universal church of the pope as bishop of Rome, i.e. his supreme and immediate administrative authority as head of the College of Bishops, pastor of the universal church, and vicar of Christ on earth (CIC/1983, c. 331: “The Bishop of the Church of Rome . . . is the head of the College of Bishops, the Vicar of Christ, and the Pastor of the universal Church here on earth; consequently, by virtue of his offic…

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Brennecke, Hanns Christof, Weitlauff, Manfred and Wolf, Hubert, “Primacy, Papal”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 01 July 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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